Cross Country teams compete in SAC meet
Men and Women vie at conference championship today
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University first year Cross Country teams are forty-miles east of Oklahoma City on Saturday. Teams from the Sooner Athletic Conference are slated for 5K or 8K runs to settle the league standings.
Jason Covarrubias, the Head Coach for both teams, is optimistic.
"I believe that if our men run their race and truly compete this weekend, they have a chance to finish right in the middle of the pack," he said on Wednesday.
"Jose Campos (Luling, Tx / Luling HS) has a realistic shot at finishing in the top 15 overall," the coach pointed out. "He just might get into the NAIA National Meet as in individual!"
"Our goal as a program this year was to finish 5th or 6th in one of the most stacked conferences in the NAIA."
The energetic Covarrubias went on. "We are looking to gain some experience as a cohesive program, and that starts with me."
"This will be my first conference championship to coach. While coaching at Arlington Baptist College, we were not in a conference. So... we get to see what this is all about!”
Here is a list of the SAGU runner's report card heading into the conference meet:
LIONS: (Location of meet, race time (finish)
JOSE CAMPOS (Luling, Tx / Luling HS) - McMurry 27:44 (1st), OBU 27:41 (1st), Southwestern 26:38 (1st)
BJ HILLHOUSE (Brookshire, Tx / Royal HS) - McMurry 28:44 (2nd), OBU 27:51 (2nd), Southwestern 27:12 (2nd)
BRAD BEIMLER (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) - McMurry Did Not Compete OBU 28:06 (3rd ), Southwestern 27:28 (3rd)
JUAN RUBIO (Rockdale, Tx / Rockdale HS) - McMurry 28:14 (3rd), OBU 28:50 (4th), Southwestern 28:08 (4th)
CHRISTIAN YGLECIAS (Cameron, Tx / C.H. Yoe HS) - McMurry 29:17 (4th), OBU 30:01 (6th), Southwestern 29:33 (5th)
NATE GONZALES (Dilley, Tx / Dilley HS) ) )) - McMurry 30:33 (5th), OBU 29:52 (5th), Southwestern Did Not Compete
LUKE FLATTERY (Springfield, Mo / Central HS) - McMurry 31:19 (6th), OBU 31:57 (7th), Southwestern 30:32 (6th)
KRISTEN HERRINGTON (Lufkin, Tx / Hudson HS) - McMurry 21:26 (1st ), OBU 23:38 (3rd), Southwestern 21:17 (1st)
DESTINY GARZA (Aldine, Tx / MacArthur HS ) - McMurry 22:12(2nd ), OBU 22:07 (2nd), Southwestern 21:27 (2nd)
JULIE ALVAREZ (Carrollton, Tx / Creekview HS) - McMurry 25:17 (3rd), OBU 25:45 (4th), Southwestern 25:06 (3rd)
EMILY BALL (Macdoel, Cal / Butte Valley HS) - McMurry Did Not Compete OBU 25:49 (5th), Southwestern 25:59 (4th)
ABIGAIL HARTMAN (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) - McMurry Did Not Compete, OBU 30:40 (6th), Southwestern 27:37 (5th)
CHAYIMEL ROLAN (Artesia, NMex / Artesia HS) )))) - McMurry Did Not Compete, OBU Did Not Compete, Southwestern Did Not Compete
Both teams have qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association's 40th Nationals, which will be held near Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, November 16.